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The Quarterly 2011

In 2011 we have continued on with our primary objective of training, and supporting lifelong learning for medical managers. This is with the belief that medical managers add significant value to a safe and efficient health care system.

There has been a significant growth in Candidate numbers over the past year, with the implementation of the accelerated pathway bringing medical managers with significant experience, many of them former Associate Fellows, closer to the College. For all Candidates there has been outstanding work done by many in the College developing the curriculum and enhancing training programs.

There has also been considerable achievement in support of continuing education, with the implementation of standards that clarify the College’s expectations and further development of the online tools for recording and reporting CEP participation. With the advent of national registration, including mandatory continuing professional development, all Fellows and Associate Fellows are urged to ensure their compliance with this requirement.

RACMA has supported the development of the World Federation of Medical Managers. Its vision is to establish a recognised international network for clinical leaders. . Eleven organisations from across the globe, including our Hong Kong College of Community Medicine colleagues, are currently engaged in this process. A joint meeting was held in Rome this year and a formal launch is planned in conjunction with the American College of Physician Executives’ meeting next April in San Francisco.

The Board has continued to meet almost monthly. Summaries of key issues continue to be emailed to all members. The more extensive committee structure has engaged more members in the College’s operations. A recent self-evaluation by the Board identified a number of opportunities for streamlining of procedures, a need for more frequent face-to-face meetings (which will now be quarterly), greater Board Executive Committee activity and more authority being delegated to key committees. Two of our current Board members – Robyn Lawrence and Wayne Hseuh – stood down at this year’s Annual General Meeting and I would like to formally thank them for their contributions.

Our committed advocacy over recent years is achieving success with additional training positions funded by the Department of Health and Ageing’s Specialist Training Program, additional investment in Medical Administration training by several states and promising developments in New Zealand. The College has also been funded to administer Commonwealth funds for supervision and infrastructure support in approved private sector health services. The College has been successful in attracting Rural Health Continuing Education project funding to establish three inter-professional case based discussion groups and develop a Self Audit and Peer Review tool for rural and remote clinician managers.

To all the members who have supported the College, especially those actively contributing as committee or Board members, examiners, supervisors, preceptors, coaches, teachers and mentors, I say thank you. This is the essence of ‘fellowship’ – putting back into the profession and ultimately the community.

Dr Roger Boyd
RACMA President

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